City of Chicago Posts Data on Problem Property Owners. Hey, So Do We!

Fantastic news, if you’re a tenant in Chicago — you now have the ability to see where the problem owners are, so you can avoid them. It’s like having your own Slumlordwatch, only this is sanctioned and recognized by the city. What’s really interesting about Chicago’s ordinance is that it somewhat echoes one of the […]

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Link Roundup

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids read this one. The Chicago City Council approved a measure that offers renters protection if their apartment building goes into foreclosure. While many residents are pleased with […]

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Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those hit hard by predatory lending. Should landlords be allowed to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders?  (Or conversely, should landlords be able to run “Section 8 Only” […]

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A Baltimore mortgage appraiser was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders of approximately $2.5 million. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a popular concept with planners and urbanists, but who does it benefit?  Shelterforce offers some ways to improve TOD and make it more inclusive. If […]

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Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children […]

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San Diego may soon join Chicago in its quest to fine banks that allow foreclosed homes to deteriorate. S&P says it will take 46 months to clear out all of the “shadow inventory” that continues to plague the US housing market. Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced earlier this month to 61 months […]

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Did you know Maryland offers an income tax credit for low-income/elderly renters?  It follows the premise that renters pay property taxes as part of their rent, and therefore should be allowed an opportunity to recoup some of that money.  The deadline for filing each year is September 1. The past few years have seen an […]

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Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes. In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action. Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s […]

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$41 million in tax dollars will benefit developers, if BDC and the City has their way. SE Baltimore will see more low- and very low-income housing, thanks to a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. If one of my children turned up dead in a Baltimore housing project, you’d better believe […]

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Housing sales are down, but mortgage fraud is up in the 2nd quarter of 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. Housing prices rose in Detroit, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index — while in most metro areas, housing prices declined.  (Link opens a PDF) Speaking of Detroit — Mayor Bing is cracking down on […]

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